As any regular knows, Langhorne Players is distinguished by their unique selection of plays. You won’t see this company putting on a rehash of the regular community fare; every production is designed to challenge your heart and your mind. “Plays Worth Talking About” isn’t just a slogan.
There is a commitment to excellence here that brings out the best in directors, actors, and all the folks who support them behind the scenes. My first experience of Langhorne was as an audience member at a production of Scotland Road. I was just off four years running another theater and immediately felt this was a place where I wanted to get involved. Happily, it wasn’t long before I was cast here as Charles Darwin in Darwin in Malibu, a brilliant script that explores conflicting theories of existence with humor and depth. With over thirty productions behind me at the time, this was unequivocally one of my best theater experiences.
The following year, I was cast in Writer’s Block, Woody Allen’s farcical look at romantic relationships. Last year, I played a very different role in The Kingfisher as the butler whose long-term bromance with his employer is threatened by the reappearance of an old flame. There’s consistent positive energy at this theater - backstage, onstage and in the audience. It is part of what makes both performing and experiencing a play at Langhorne unique.
I recently joined the Langhorne Players Board and assumed the role of Marketing Director in hopes of continuing to broaden our outreach to the community and not incidentally, filling as many seats as we can so that we may continue our mission. We’re planning a number of new initiatives all geared to building the already powerful reputation of this 67-year old theater group.
I returned to theater in middle age following a long hiatus from my last acting gig which was in high school. Since the late 1990’s I’ve been involved in many productions including lead roles as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Leon Trotsky in Variations on the Death of Trotsky, and Gardner Church in Painting Churches. Theater has been “very, very good to me,” but I have to say, my favorite role that has come out of my stage involvement is the one that I get to live every day. I met my wife Kate, who directed this production ofMiss Witherspoon, at an audition for The Importance of Being Earnest some 12 years ago - best audition of my life.
In “real” life I’ve founded two market research companies the first of which became one of the preeminent organizations in U.S. healthcare consulting. My second career is in education teaching at Philadelphia University and Drexel as well as directing a commercialization consultancy at U Penn’s Wharton School. It’s all been a good run made that much better by this thing called Community Theater. There is still nothing that quite compares with stepping out on the boards.